quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty | \ ˈkwä-lə-tē How to pronounce quality (audio) \
plural qualities

Definition of quality

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : peculiar and essential character : nature her ethereal quality— Gay Talese
b : an inherent feature : property had a quality of stridence, dissonance— Roald Dahl
c : capacity, role in the quality of reader and companion— Joseph Conrad
2a : degree of excellence : grade the quality of competing air serviceCurrent Biography
b : superiority in kind merchandise of quality
3a : social status : rank
4a : a distinguishing attribute : characteristic possesses many fine qualities
b archaic : an acquired skill : accomplishment
5 : the character in a logical proposition of being affirmative or negative
6 : vividness of hue
7a : timbre
b : the identifying character of a vowel sound determined chiefly by the resonance of the vocal chambers in uttering it
8 : the attribute of an elementary sensation that makes it fundamentally unlike any other sensation

quality

adjective

Definition of quality (Entry 2 of 2)

: being of high quality

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Noun

quality, property, character, attribute mean an intelligible feature by which a thing may be identified. quality is a general term applicable to any trait or characteristic whether individual or generic. material with a silky quality property implies a characteristic that belongs to a thing's essential nature and may be used to describe a type or species. the property of not conducting heat character applies to a peculiar and distinctive quality of a thing or a class. remarks of an unseemly character attribute implies a quality ascribed to a thing or a being. the attributes of a military hero

Examples of quality in a Sentence

Noun Honesty is a desirable quality. Stubbornness is one of his bad qualities. She has strong leadership qualities. The house has many fine qualities. His music has a primitive quality. They offer quality at a reasonable price. Adjective The restaurant offers quality service. The store sells quality furniture at reasonable prices. It can be difficult to find quality childcare. He had a quality education.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the most crucial determinant of quality is probably nurse staffing. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, "What the San Francisco Bay Area Can Teach Us About Fighting a Pandemic," 4 Jan. 2021 Glimpses of championship quality alongside the growing pains of a team filled with new faces. Calum Trenaman, CNN, "LeBron James and the LA Lakers yet to click in early days of NBA season," 29 Dec. 2020 For that matter, audio files on YouTube are of variable sonic quality. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Why I can’t get rid of my CDs," 29 Dec. 2020 The risk ratings that banks assign to commercial-property loans have been steadily rising, particularly for loans backed by retail and hotels, representing a deterioration of credit quality, according to a Trepp analysis. Peter Grant, WSJ, "Blumberg Joins Rush of Property Firms Raising Funds for Distressed Deals," 29 Dec. 2020 The reigning champ of quality, affordable denim is offering up to 50% off hundreds of fall and winter styles with the code TINSEL at checkout. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "33 Best After-Christmas Sales to Shop in 2020," 25 Dec. 2020 The music industry had begun pumping out generic disco singles of low quality. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "How Disco Defined 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 Fill power is a measurement of the quality of the down, and it’s the approximate volume in cubic inches of one ounce of down. Ryan Wichelns, Outside Online, "Do You Actually Need a 1,000-Fill Down Jacket?," 23 Dec. 2020 The company is meanwhile producing new works of wildly varying quality, many of which are seemingly done on the cheap. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Monopolization Is Killing Art," 22 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Brewers like Brandes are focused on giving people quality nonalcoholic options, including darker and hoppy beers. Sarah Kloepple, Popular Mechanics, "The Science of Making Alcohol-Free Beer," 31 Dec. 2020 The highest quality scientific data relies on analyzing the differences between those who got the placebo and those who got the actual vaccine or other medication. NBC News, "FDA advisers recommend Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine, bringing second vaccine closer to reality," 17 Dec. 2020 At once serene and severe, the interior has a quality German car designers like to call Faszination. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2021 Genesis G80: The Finest Car $70,000 Can Buy," 9 Dec. 2020 And raising awareness of racial- and ethnic disparities in medical care to ensure that every Michigander, no matter their race, can get safe and quality care in Michigan. Bruce Walker, Washington Examiner, "Whitmer coy on whether she’ll extend ‘pause’ after next week," 4 Dec. 2020 Most important, Reverchon will get a quality playing field, most likely turf that can take a beating. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "New plan emerges to restore Dallas’ decaying Reverchon baseball field without harming its old-school vibe," 20 Nov. 2020 But against Tampa, Brady had all day to throw, meaning, against quality offensive lines, the Raiders cannot get to the quarterback. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns vs. Raiders preview: Previewing Las Vegas and how they match up," 26 Oct. 2020 Our hospitals not only provide timely, quality medical care, but offer some of the finest jobs that help drive the economy of our local communities. Jim Hagedorn, Star Tribune, "This election gives voters a clear choice — socialism vs. freedom," 21 Oct. 2020 All three have for years tended to vote Democrat for Congress, but the incumbents there are on their heels against quality Republican challengers. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "House GOP desperate to prevent bloodletting from becoming a bloodbath," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of quality

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quality

Noun

Middle English qualite, from Anglo-French qualité, from Latin qualitat-, qualitas, from qualis of what kind; akin to Latin qui who — more at who

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The first known use of quality was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Quality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quality. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for quality

quality

noun
How to pronounce quality (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of quality

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: how good or bad something is
: a characteristic or feature that someone or something has : something that can be noticed as a part of a person or thing
: a high level of value or excellence

quality

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of quality (Entry 2 of 2)

: very good or excellent
British : intended for people who are educated and who care about serious matters

quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty | \ ˈkwä-lə-tē How to pronounce quality (audio) \
plural qualities

Kids Definition of quality

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : what sets a person or thing apart : characteristic We must advertise Wilbur's noble qualities— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
2 : how good or bad something is The food is of excellent quality.
3 : a high standard : excellence His skill shows in the quality of his work.

quality

adjective

Kids Definition of quality (Entry 2 of 2)

: very good : excellent quality work quality chocolate

quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty | \ ˈkwäl-ət-ē How to pronounce quality (audio) \
plural qualities

Medical Definition of quality

: a special or distinguishing attribute: as
a : timbre
b : the attribute of an elementary sensation that makes it fundamentally unlike any other sensation
c : the character of an X-ray beam that determines its penetrating power and is dependent upon its wavelength distribution

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quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty
plural qualities

Legal Definition of quality

1 : a special, distinctive, or essential character: as
a : a character, position, or role assumed those acts of ownership, which the person called to the succession can only do in quality of heirLouisiana Civil Code
b : the character of an estate as determined by the manner in which it is to be held or enjoyed
2 : degree of excellence made no warranties as to the product's quality

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